Philipp Blom  

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Philipp Blom (born 1970) is a historian, novelist, journalist and translator. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, and studied in Vienna and Oxford. He holds a DPhil in Modern History from Oxford University. After living and working in London and Paris he now lives in Vienna.

His historical works include To Have and To Hold, a history of collectors and collecting, and Encyclopédie (US edition: Enlightening the World), a history of the Encyclopaedia by Diderot and d'Alembert that sparked the Enlightenment in France. The Vertigo Years, a cultural history of the era 1900 to 1914 in Europe and the United States was recently published in London.

Blom has published two novels: The Simmons Papers and Luxor (in German).

He has also published an authoritative guide to Austrian wines, The Wines of Austria, and an English translation of Geert Mak's Amsterdam (1999).

As a journalist, Blom has written for the Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, and the Sunday Telegraph in Britain, for various German-language publications (Neue Züricher Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Financial Times Deutschland, Berliner Zeitung, Der Standard, Die Tageszeitung), and for Vrij Nederland in the Netherlands, as well as for other magazines and journals, the BBC, and German radio stations. He currently hosts a live cultural programme, "Von Tag zu Tag", on station Ö1 on Austrian National Radio.

Recently, Blom has written the libretto for an opera, Soliman, a project with the composer Joost van Kerkhooven, and has provided translations for stage productions (The Producers for the Etablissement Ronacher, and La Colombe [a Gounod opera] for the Schonbrunn Theatre, Vienna).


  • The Simmons Papers, Faber & Faber, London, 1995
  • Die Simmons Papiere, Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 1997
  • The Wines of Austria, Faber & Faber, London, 2000
  • To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting, Allen Lane/Penguin, 2002 (Translations and foreign editions: USA, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, France)
  • Encyclopédie, Fourth Estate, London 2004 (Foreign editions: USA, Brazil, Spain, Germany)
  • Luxor, Tisch 7, Cologne, 2006
  • The Wines of Austria, Mitchell Beazley, London, 2006
  • The Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2008 (Foreign editions: USA, Canada, Germany, Spain, Netherlands)
  • A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment, Basic Books, 2010

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